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Old 06-07-12, 03:07 PM   #26
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David Gilmour. Come on.... The man is a master of phrasing.
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Old 06-25-12, 06:03 PM   #27
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I've been playing for 30 years now and, though I listen to a pretty wide variety of players, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler would probably get my vote for the most enviable guitarists overall.

Lately I've really been liking Adam Levy who is mostly known for playing with Norah Jones. He feels kind of rigid in the studio and a lot more 'loose' live, but he has great phrasing and dynamics and can really build up tension and emotion. Definitely an under-rated player in my opinion.

And as a guitarist, the one guy that constantly has blown me away is Django. Even the most simple of bits is quite challenging to play at full speed. I play a less Gypsied-up version of Minor Swing and have been able to play it my way for probably 15 years but I STILL can't play along with the original recording note for note.

Lots of great players though.
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Old 07-22-12, 05:54 PM   #28
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Just 'cuz I like lists, here's my ten favorites in noo particular order:

Bill Frisell
David Torn
Adrian Belew
Wes Montgomery
Pat Martino
Allan Holdsworth
Steve Howe
John McLaughlin
Marc Ducret
...uh...one more to be named at a later date
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Old 07-23-12, 02:52 AM   #29
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adrian belew...how did i forget about him? def my bad...and michael brook.

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Wow... agree with everybody on this list.
How about Eric Johnson, he can play just about any style.
John Cipollina did some excellent work.
Neil Young, not real fancy but a great improv player.
Sometimes just a guy who can play behind a vocal, Johnny Marr or even Edge.
I wish I could play as well as the least of these!
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Old 10-23-12, 05:16 PM   #31
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Part of my list:

Roy Buchanan - Telecaster
Frank Zappa - Gibson SG
Leo Kottke - 12 string
Ry Kotter - Acoustic slide
Duane Allman - electric slide
Doc Watson - Flat pickin'
Wes Montgomery - Best "Thumb"
Larry Carlton - Mr. Studio
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Old 11-12-12, 10:17 AM   #32
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I need to vote for Al Di Meola

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuY0_JCHaF4

Here he is with a couple other greats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ
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Old 11-12-12, 11:55 AM   #33
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I am a huge fan of Jimmie Vaughan. Other guitarists working in his neighborhood of tone and concision include Richard Thompson and Eric Ambel. RT of course works in a lot of other neighborhoods too...
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Old 11-12-12, 05:42 PM   #34
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Favourite jazz guitarist, Joe Pass.

Favourite blues guitarist, the inimitable Otis Rush (also a great singer).

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Old 05-17-13, 11:07 AM   #37
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Favourite blues guitarist, the inimitable Otis Rush (also a great singer).
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Lots of folks have mastered the guitar - but mastering the guitar upside-down and backwards transcends greatness.

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I reckon that Brian May was the first guy (in the mainstream) to have a modern, screaming, wailing, bridge humbucker lead sound.
Watcha reckon?
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Old 09-17-13, 02:06 PM   #39
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I've been listening to Tony Cox a lot recently, discovered him when I was living in South Africa.

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I reckon that Brian May was the first guy (in the mainstream) to have a modern, screaming, wailing, bridge humbucker lead sound.
Watcha reckon?
Except that Brian May didn't use humbuckers. His Red Special had Burns Tri-Sonic pickups, which were single coils.
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Old 09-26-13, 09:28 AM   #41
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ha. Well, it sounds like a bumhucker
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Gary Moore
SRV
Matt Bellamy
Stone Gossard and Mike McCready
Segovia
Django
John Williams
Julian Bream
Pat Metheny
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Knopfler
Countless amazing blues players

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Hi all,
Glad that there are peeps in here who just not love cycling but also love music as well...hmmm...as for great six string stranglers...it is a matter of preference...but I also agree to some of the posts above that implies what it takes to be a truly great guitarist as such.
My top ten...
1. Chet Atkins
2. Charlie Johnson
3. Eric Clapton
4. SRV
5. Jimi Hendrix
6. Jimmy Page
7. Yngwie Malmsteen
8. Steve Vai
9. Dimebag Darrel
10.Ritchie Blackmoore
As I have said it is a matter of preference...for me this the best of the best there is...sorry.
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I've only recently discovered the "Rig Rundowns" on Youtube. Cool.

They can get a little infomercial-like, but still a bit of fun


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I just saw Steve Vai this last weekend. Pretty good
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Old 11-20-13, 03:58 PM   #47
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Bill Frisell
David Torn
Adrian Belew
Wes Montgomery
Pat Martino
Allan Holdsworth
Steve Howe
John McLaughlin
Marc Ducret
...uh...one more to be named at a later date
To add to what has been mentioned in this thread, not my top ten
Sonny Sharrock
Grant Green
Kenny Burrel
Tony Rice
Eddie Hazel
Michael Hampton
Jim Hall
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"In the often fractured and contentious world of jazz appreciation (proving once again how the most rarefied niches carry the most outsized passions), very few contemporary artists are embraced by traditionalists and experimentalists alike. True consensus emerges as rarely as it does in Washington, D.C. But I have never met a musician, listener, or critic who didn’t love Jim Hall, who died yesterday [12/10/13] at the age of eighty-three. .... "
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Wow... agree with everybody on this list.
How about Eric Johnson, he can play just about any style.
John Cipollina did some excellent work.
Neil Young, not real fancy but a great improv player.
Sometimes just a guy who can play behind a vocal, Johnny Marr or even Edge.
I wish I could play as well as the least of these!
Surprised to see Neil Young mentioned in this thread. He is my favorite player, not fancy at all, but emotional. Been to see him at least 30 times over the years, first time in about 1973 or so. Never disappoints.
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I've always loved David Gilmour's style and sound
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